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For events on the Chico State campus, accommodations will be provided upon request for people with disabilities, provided the request is made at least seven days prior to the event. Contact us at (530) 898-5959.

Ongoing Events


October 1 – 31

Chico Artoberfest is an annual festival featuring more than 150 events in 31 days during October.
Concerts, live performances, literature, poetry, dance, film and video, visual arts, music, theater, architecture and special events round out the festivities in this beautiful college town. Join us this fall! For a complete listing of Artoberfest events, visit

The Art House

325 Nord Ave. Open Sundays, 1-5 pm

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park Tours ($)

525 Esplanade
Mon., noon–5 pm, Sat.–Sun., 11 am–5 pm
Tours leave on the hour. Closed Tues.–Fri.
For more information: 530-895-6144. Bidwell Mansion website.

Chico Air Museum

170 Convair Ave., Fri.–Sun, 9 am-4 pm

Chico Creek Nature Center

1968 East 8th St., Wed.-Thurs., 11 am-4 pm

Healing Art Gallery

Enloe Cancer Center, 265 Cohasset Rd., Mon.–Fri., 8 am–5:30 pm. Free.
Enloe Cancer Center's Healing Art Gallery features exhibits by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Public Art in Chico

The purpose of the City of Chico Art in Public Places program is to expand the public experience with the visual arts, to promote the artistic and cultural development of the community, and to encourage the active participation of all citizens in making art a valuable aspect of their daily lives. Chico has a rich array of stunning visual art. To learn more about the city's public art portfolio, click here. For information on the Downtown Art Benches Walking Tour, click here.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tasting Room

Tours and Tasting Room, 1075 East 20th St.
Mon.-Thurs., 11 am - 4 pm, on the hour
Fri.-Sat., 11 am, noon - 5:30 pm, every half hour
Sun., 11 am, noon - 4 pm, every half hour
Sustainability Tours: Available May-Sept.
Beer Geek Tours: Friday's, 10:30 am and 2:30 pm

Note - no tours on Sunday, Oct. 11

* All tours are free of charge
* All guests need to sign in at the Tour Desk, located in the Gift Shop lobby prior to each tour
* All tours are approximately 1 ½ hours
* Guided tour is for ages 12 and above, Educational Tasting for ages 21 and over
* Closed-toed shoes are preferred in production areas
Tour Desk: 530-899-4776, Click here for additional information.

Chico Art School and Gallery

September 1 - October 30

Explorations in Paint
336 Broadway, Suite 20
Tues.–Fri., 1 – 5 pm, Sat., 10 am – noon

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology: Material Culture -- Wearing the Art of Chikoko

September 1-October 30

Meriam Library, Chico State campus.
Enter the far-out and fantastic world of Chikoko this fall at our annual student-curated exhibit. For ten years the local collective of artists, designers and performers have shared unique creations that blur the lines between art and fashion within our community. See a collection of clothing that ranges from political to playful.


Gateway Science Museum ($)

Opens September 27

625 Esplanade, Wed.–Sun., noon–5 pm

Current Exhibits:
* Eat Well, Play Well
* Modern Farming - Land, Water, People, Science
* Agricultural Landscapes of the Sacramento Valley

Admission: Members free, Adults $6, Children $3, Children under 3, free.

University Art Gallery: Joshua Martinez: Photographs

September 29 - October 24

University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall, Chico State campus. Free.   
Gallery hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 am – 5 pm

Joshua Martinez is a San Francisco-based photographer. He received his MFA from the California College of the Arts and BFA from Humboldt State University and has exhibited his work throughout Northern California. Martinez captures images that suggest adventures, experiences, and sensations, but that also convey the impossibility of reproducing experience pictorially. By using processes that emphasize the photograph as object -- large-format images, analog processes, and exposed paper edges--he seeks to connect with the experience of memory.

530-898-5864,  University Art Gallery

The Janet Turner Print Museum: Legacy - Janet Turner - Teacher, Artist, and Mentor

September 30 - October 25

Turner Print Museum Gallery, Meriam Library, Chico State campus. Free.
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Sat., 11 am–4 pm

Continuing the centenary celebration of Turner's birth in 1914, this exhibition presents her prints inspired by her Chico years. Also included is a selection of her students' prints that she obtained to be a part of her collection. The exhibition celebrates Turner's historic contributions to the education and training of artists and to the promotion of printmaking as an art form as well as her pioneering role as a female printmaker.

Curator’s talk: Thurs., Oct. 16 at 5:30 pm in the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall; reception follows at the Turner.

20th Annual Window Art Project

October 1 - 31

Presented by City of Chico Arts Commission. Free.
Downtown businesses collaborate with local Chico artists who display a variety of original works in the “on street” windows. Everyone is invited to come downtown, pick up free brochures inside the designated stores, and take this unique walking tour.

Chico Museum ($)

141 Salem St., Wed – Sun.: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Chico in Black & White: Historical Photos from the John Nopel Collection

Adults, $3. Students and Seniors with I.D., $2. Under 14, free.

The Patrick Ranch Museum Autumn Fest 2014

October 4-26

10281 Midway, Durham
Sat. – Sun., 1 pm–4 pm

Stansbury Home Guided Tours ($)

October 11 - 12 and 18 - 19

307 W. 5th St., Sat.–Sun., 1–4 pm
This beautifully preserved Victorian home was built in 1883 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information: 530-895-3848,, Facebook Page.

Blue Room Theatre Presents Seminar ($)

October 9 - 23

Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. 1st St.
(530) 895-3749,

Adventure Outings American River Raft Trip ($)

October 10 - 12

Once a major destination for gold prospectors, the South Fork of the American River is a treasure in its own right. With over 50 major rapids in 21 miles, it is easy to see why this is the most popular rafting destination in California. Join us for three exciting days and two relaxing nights along this memorable stretch of river. 

530-898-4011,, Register online

Adventure Outings Lassen National Park Backpacking ($)

October 10 - 12

Only about two hours east of Chico, it is a wonder how few people have ever experienced Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen is home to bubbling sulfur springs, cascading waterfalls, and some of the best backpacking in California.

530-898-4011,, Register online

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend ($)

October 11 - 12

Taste the bounty of Butte County at 29 farms and wineries. 10 am-5 pm
Passports are $25 per person ($30 day-of) and include a free wine glass and free tasting at all stops on the map. Passports are available online at All proceeds benefit the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association to further develop agri-tourism in Butte County.

Art in the Garden ($)

October 11 - 12

Art in the Garden will feature 12 artists work in a lovely garden setting.
1078 Gallery, 279 East 7th St.

Chico Theater Company Presents Legally Blonde ($)

October 11 - November 9

Legally Blonde is a fast-paced laugh-out-loud musical comedy that will have you tapping you toes.
Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd.
(530) 894-3282,

CSU, Chico School of the Arts Presents Living Dead in Denmark ($)

October 14-19

Wismer Theatre, CSU, Chico
Tues.-Sat., 7:30 pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 pm
Tickets: 530-898-6333,

Adventure Outings Trinity Alps Backpacking ($)

October 17 - 19

High granite spires, crystal-clear lakes, and mind-bending views are the prerogative of this trip. This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for a slightly more challenging and in-depth wilderness experience.

530-898-4011,, Register online

USA BMX Nationals ($)

October 17-19

Gold Cup Championship West
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds

Adventure Outings: Introduction to Rock Climbing ($)

October 18-19

Whether this is your first time climbing or you just want to take your skills to some real rocks, this is the trip for you. We will spend some time talking about basic climbing theory and help improve your form as we practice on real rock. Just a few hours east towards Lassen, we will show you some epic locations that are relatively easy to access for future personal trips. Join us for two days in the sun and a night under the stars that you won’t soon forget.

530-898-4011,, Register online.

Adventure Outings Iron Canyon Canoe Expedition ($)

October 18 - 19

Paddle the Iron Canyon section of the Sacramento River, and experience unique rock features and feels amazingly wild for being only an hour from campus.
Register online.

26th Annual Open Studios Art Tour Exhibition ($)

October 18-19 & 25-25

Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., Suite 6, Daily 10 am-4 pm
Enjoy art by more than 60 artists participating in the 26th Annual Open Studios Art Tour.

Friday, October 10

My Hometown

Jake Early Installation of "My Hometown"
Senator Theater Building, 517 Main St., 9 am-2 pm
Jake Early will be installing one hundred sixty two 20" x 20" individual hand-pulled serigraphs onto the building's exterior (on the side of the Senator facing the Morgan Stanley building). The completed work will measure 25' x 20' and will be 10' off of the ground. Nine new images are currently being created for the event. The images depict the best of our local heritage including, but not limited to: John and Annie Bidwell. a Chico State building, a quail, the city map and a sycamore tree.

Jake Early Reception and Unveiling of Fifth and Final Chico Experience Print

Dessert reception at Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway
5-7 pm. Meet the artist and see the unveiling of the final print in the five-print series.


2nd Friday ARTAbout - Downtown Chico

Various Chico downtown locations, 5-8 pm

Chico State Alumni Association Young Alumni Mixer ($)this event has a cost

B Street Oyster Co., 117 Broadway, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
$5 to attend. Hosted hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar. Socialize and network with other young alums.
RSVP here.

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Saturday, October 11

Chico Certified Farmer's Market

2nd & Wall Streets, 7:30 am - 1 pm

2014 Chico Walk to End Alzheimer's ($)

Bidwell Park, Sycamore Field (One Mile BBQ Area)
Check in opens at 8:30 am, walk starts at 10 am. Register here.

Downtown Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale

9 am (preview Oct. 10)
Prices are falling in downtown Chico. Rake in the savings and celebrate the changing season at Downtown's annual Harvest Sidewalk Sale.
For more information click here.

"My Hometown" Prints Released for Sale

Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway, 9 am
The collection of limited-edition, signed prints representing the "My Hometown" public display will be released for sale. The edition will include all nine images (edition of 100 each), measuring 20" x 20." They will be available as individual pieces or as a complete set of nine prints.

Campus Arboretum Tour

Meet in front of Colusa Hall, Chico State campus, 10 am

Sierra Oro Farm Trail's Passport Weekend ($)

10 am - 5 pm
See ongoing events for additional information.

Wildcat Cruise

Meet at Bell Memorial Union courtyard, corner of 2nd and Chestnut Sts., 10 am. Grab your Chico State Wildcat Cruiser (or any bike) and experience Chico on two wheels.
Contact Alan Rellaford for additional information.

Patrick Ranch 3rd Annual Fiber Fusion Show

10381 Midway, Durham
10 am - 5 pm, Admission $5
An event to celebrate natural fiber and color.
For more information click here.

Campus Sustainability Tour

Meet by the compost station near the tennis courts by Yolo Hall, Chico State campus, 11 am

Chico State Family Weekend Barbeque ($)

Yolo Lawn, Chico State campus, 12 - 2 pm
12:30 pm: President Zingg address
Barbecue tickets are $12 each - students and guests are required to purchase tickets in advance.
Order tickets online here or call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 530-898-6472.
Click here for more information.

Odyssey Winery and Vineyards Wine Tasting

As part of Sierra Oro Farm Trail's Passport Weekend, Odyssey Vineyards will feature live music (noon-3 pm) and cheese tasting from Orland Farmstead Creamery, organic oregano tasting from Papou's Oregano and chocolate truffles from Mim's Bakery.
6237 Cohasset Road, 1-6 pm


Stansbury Home Guided Tours ($)

307 W. 5th St., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
This beautifully preserved Victorian home was built in 1883 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information: 530-895-3848, Facebook Page.

Gateway Science Museum: An Evening to Treasure: ”Autumn Splendor” ($)

Manzanita Place (Elks Lodge), 6 pm

Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert

Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Free - Donations accepted.
Join us to honor the late Daniel Hiestand and to support the scholarship in his name. Ray Craig is this year's guest conductor. The Chico State Wind Ensemble will open the first half of the concert with the Alumni Band rounding out the second half.

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Sunday, October 12

Sierra Oro Farm Trail's Passport Weekend ($)

10 am - 5 pm.
See ongoing events for additional information

Stansbury Home Guided Tours ($)this event has a cost

307 W. 5th St., 1–4 pm
This beautifully preserved Victorian home was built in 1883 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information: 530-895-3848, Facebook Page.

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Monday, October 13

Greek Week: Bloodsource Blood Drive

BMU Auditorium, 12-7 pm
For information regarding Greek Week visit

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Tuesday, October 14

Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Awards Reception

Colusa Hall, CSU, Chico 4-6 pm
Shari Anderson, 530-898-4796

Greek Week: Bloodsource Blood Drive

BMU Auditorium, 12-7 pm
For information regarding Greek Week visit

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Wednesday, October 15

Sierra Nevada Celebration Release Party ($)

Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. 6-10 pm. $5 admission. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Join us for our annual release party in the Big Room, with a live band, Celebration-themed food, and beer for purchase.
Tickets available here.

Annual Chico Community Scholarship Association Luncheon

Outback Steakhouse, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Susan McVicker-Wever, 530-591-2443

Greek Week: "CAN"struction

Student Services Center Plaza, 10 am-3 pm
For information regarding Greek Week, visit

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Thursday, October 16

Chico Chapter Fall Mixer ($)

Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade, 5:30-7:30 pm
Click here to order tickets. 530-898-6472,

Sacramento Chapter Alumni Mixer

The Hot Italian, 1627 16th St., Sacramento
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join the Sacramento Chapter as they celebrate The Chico Experience Week right at home. Each Chico State Alumni Association Chapter is having a mixer this night, so energize your Wildcat Spirit as you celebrate in unison with other alumni acorss the state.

$10 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and no host bar. RSVP here.

Alumni Mixer at The Torpedo Room

The Torpedo Room, 2031 4th St., Berkeley
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Join the Alumni Association's Bay Area Chapter as they celebrate The Chico Experience Week right at home. Each Chico State Alumni Association chapter is having a mixer this night, so energize your Wildcat Spirit as you celebrate in unison with alumni across the state.

$10 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar. RSVP here.

Janet Turner: Teacher, Artist and Mentor: Curator's Talk

Turner Print Museum Gallery, Meriam Library, CSU, Chico campus, 5:30 pm

Adventure Outings Workshop: Backcountry Cookin' ($)


Chico Performances Presents Mary Chapin Carpenter ($)tickets for this event are purchased through the university box office

Laxson Auditorium, Chico State campus, 7:30 pm
This event will sell out - order tickets early!

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Friday, October 17

Grand Opening of the Wildcat Leadership Center

Wildcat Leadership Center, 2nd floor, Bell Memorial Union on the CSU, Chico campus. 3-5 pm
The Associated Students and Student Life and Leadership would like to welcome all to celebrate the Grand opening of the Wildcat Leadership Center, located in the Bell Memorial Union, room 220. This dynamic new space has been developed to provide synergy, collaboration, and a hub for leadership of all levels on campus. Please join us at the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the Wildcat Leadership Center followed by light appetizers, activities, and the raffling of prizes.

Women's and Men's Soccer vs. Cal State East Bay ($)

University Soccer Stadium, 4:30 pm (women), 7 pm (men).
Tickets available at the gate,

Chico State Golden Grad Reception ($)

Golden Grad reception honoring the Class of 1964, 5:30-7:30 pm
Johnnie's Restaurant (downstairs) in the Hotel Diamond, 220 W. 4th St.
530-898-6472, To register click here,

Chico State Women's Volleyball vs. UC San Diego ($)

Acker Gym, 7 pm
Tickets available at the door.

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Saturday, October 18

Greek Week: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Lower Bidwell Park (One Mile) 7 am
For information regarding Greek Week, visit

Chico Certified Farmers' Market

2nd & Wall Streets, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Golden Grad Brunch Honoring the Class of 1964 ($)

Selvester's Cafe by the Creek on the Chico State campus.
Schedule of Activities:
9:30 am      Check-in
9:45 am      1963 Class Photo
10 am         Champagne Brunch
10:45 am    Opening of the Class of 1963 Time Capsule

Celebrate with fellow Chico State alumni and Golden Grads who graduated in 1964 or earlier. You're invited to come back to campus for the Golden Grad brunch, opening of the 1964 time capsule, and additional Chico Experience Week activities.

Need a hotel room while you're in Chico? Contact The Oxford Suites Chico and ask for the CSU, Chico Alumni and Parent rate! Rate includes a full hot breakfast buffet, evening reception with two free drink tickets, and much more! Contact The Oxford Suites at 800-870-7848 or go to

Order tickets online
Click here for parking information and campus map


Pamela Robinson Live Demonstration

Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free.
This Open Studios event will feature a live pottery throwing demonstration by local ceramic artist Pamela Robinson. She will lead a discussion about her unique glazes as well as actual construction and assemblage in clay. Her lampwork and glass jewelry will also be on display.

Chico Library Fall Festival

Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave., 11 am - 2 pm, Free
This family-friendly Fall Festival is held on the lawn of the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library. The Festival is for everyone who loves the library and includes food, music, and games. A cakewalk and book exchange for children are part of the fun. The Alice Peake Experience band will perform.

Learn to Collage with Valerie Payne

Avenue9 Gallery, 768 Hillgrove Ct., Chico. 11 am - 2 pm, Free.
A collage demonstration that includes the embellishing and making of creative papers that will be used for creating and composing a piece of art.

Stansbury Home Guided Tours ($)

307 W. 5th St., 1–4 pm
This beautifully preserved Victorian home was built in 1883 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information: 530-895-3848, Facebook Page.

Festival of Roses

Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, 566 E. Lassen Ave., 1-4 pm.
Enjoy viewing the hundreds of fresh roses on display, dried and fresh rose arrangements, rose crafts, paintings and photography, exhibited by adults and children in accordance with the American Rose Society guidelines for judging. Open to the public.
Bill Reynolds, 530-343-9707,,

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co's Single, Fresh, Wet and Wild Harvest Festival ($)

Sierra Nevada Hop Field, 1 - 6 pm. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has invited over 50 breweries from across the country to join us in our estate hop field at our brewery in Chico. Featuring rare beer, live music, good cause, great time for all. Tickets are ONLY available online.

Butte Environmental Council 39th Gala and Awards ($)

ARC Pavilion, 2030 Park Ave. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner served at 6 pm.
Enjoy live music, a no-host bar, and featuring many beautiful items in a silent auction.
Tickets are $45 and are available at the BEC office, Chico Natural Foods, online at or by phone, 530-891-6424.

Chico State Women's Volleyball vs. Cal Poly Pomona ($)

Acker Gym. 7 pm
Tickets available at the door

25th Annual Chico Parade of Lights

The parade will start at 3rd St. and Salem, head to Main St. and continue to 6th St. ending at 4th St. and Broadway. 7:30 pm
This year’s theme is “UNITY in the CommUNITY.”
Parade of Lights Facebook Page.

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Sunday, October 19

Ride and Glide: Cynthia Schildhauer

Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway. Noon-2 pm. Free
Cynthia Schildhauer is live at the gallery leading a dialog about her new body of encaustic (Beeswax) paintings titles "Ride and Glide." With over 25 new pieces, this well-known local artist will create quite a stir.

Stansbury Home Guided Tours ($)

307 W. 5th St., 1–4 pm
This beautifully preserved Victorian home was built in 1883 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information: 530-895-3848, Facebook Page.

Greek Week: Talent Show

BMU Auditorium, 4 pm
For information regarding Greek Week, visit

Chico Performances Presents The Hot Sardines ($)tickets for this event are purchased through the university box office

Laxson Auditorium, Chico State campus, 7:30 pm
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front-woman with a voice from another era and you have The Hot Sardines.
530-898-6333, More information here.

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